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Macomb County emergency declaration extended through May

Salaries adopted for county officials

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published April 15, 2020

 On April 14, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners voted to renew and extend the local emergency declaration through May 22. This is the second time the order has been extended due to COVID-19.

On April 14, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners voted to renew and extend the local emergency declaration through May 22. This is the second time the order has been extended due to COVID-19.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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MACOMB COUNTY — Less than five weeks after a state of emergency was declared in Macomb County due to COVID-19, it was decided to extend the declaration.

At the April 14 Macomb County Board of Commissioners meeting, it was voted on to renew and extend the local emergency declaration through May 22. This is the second time the board renewed and extended the local emergency order.

The original local emergency declaration was extended on March 18. Should the newly extended declaration need to go beyond May 22, the board will again consider and vote on a third renewal and extension at the May 21 full board meeting.

A county press release indicates that as Macomb County continues to respond and adapt to the needs of the community, the board stands ready with a process in place to expedite approval of actions which will support the county through these unprecedented times. 

Also addressed at the meeting was approving compensation ordinances for five countywide elected officials, and commissioners. 

Per state law, the board must set the salaries for the countywide elected positions and the commissioners prior to the April filing deadline to ensure those seeking election in November know what the salary for their term may be.

The unanimous votes finalized 1% raises for the clerk/register of deeds, commissioners

and board chair, treasurer, prosecutor, public works commissioner and sheriff.

“As the guardians of the county budget, we cut our budget last year, and limited increases to electeds to 1%,” Board Chair Bob Smith said. “With today’s reality, this board recognizes we are heading into uncharted territory with the economic impact the pandemic crisis may have on the county budget. As a board, we are prepared to evaluate all of the COVID and related information as it comes in and take action during the upcoming budget season to ensure we remain fiscally responsible.”

The press release notes that the 1% salary increases approved for these positions are lower than the 2% that was suggested by recent county compensation studies. 

Commissioners salaries were restored to $35,000 for the 2017 term for the first

time in nearly 10 years. Also for the 2017 term, the salary of the board chair was increased to

recognize the fact it is a full-time position, in the same sense the county executive, clerk/register

of deeds, prosecuting attorney, public works commissioner, sheriff and treasurer are full-time positions.

The ordinances to set the salaries are reviewed and approved according to term lengths: office of the county executive every four years with next approval in 2022; board of commissioners every two years with next approval in 2022; and county-wide elected officials every four years with next approval in 2024.

As of April 14, 3,620 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Macomb County, with 293 deaths. 

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